Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Jeffo:
4.53/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Love Hunahpu's stout and all black beer from CCB. Very happy to give this one a shot, so a big cheers to jbeatty for sending this over the pond.
From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 9 May 2013
Drunk along side a regular Huna
APPEARANCE: A thick, dense, black pour produces a two finger, tight, dark mocha colored head after a wonderful cascading effect that looks stunning. Head retains really well and slowly fades to a good full cap. Jet black body and minimal carbonation evident. A fuller wisp and ring remain, showing some beautiful swirl patters after each sip, and leaves some falling dots of lace down the glass. Looks wonderful, just as the regular version does.
SMELL: Roasted malts, molasses, cacao powder, some vanilla and chilies for sure. A touch of brandy barrel, but not much really. The base beer is still the main actor here.
TASTE: A touch of brandy barrel up front, but then lots of base beer through the middle into the swallow. Roasted malts, molasses again, cacao, with cinnamon, vanilla and chilies linger over a roasted, chocolaty base. Some brandy barrel and alcohol provides a solid backdrop as well, but it is rather in the background. Solid beer, as the base stout is world class, but as a barrel aged beer, it could use a touch more in that department.
PALATE: Medium-full body, oily, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a slightly oily and mouth-coating finish. Fantastic feel for the style, and just as menacing as the base beer.
OVERALL: This is another example that to be a world class beer, no matter the adjuncts or barrel aging, the base beer has to be world class in itself. You could probably do absolutely anything to Marshal Zhukov and it would turn out a winner. Hunahpu's stout is probably the best adjunct stout out there, and barrel aging it works so well. I will admit that I find the base Huna a better adjunct stout than this BA version is a barrel aged stout, but no matter. Enjoyed the heck out of this and would jump at the opportunity to drink it again. Thanks again jbeatty. Highly, highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2013 18:28:45 | More by Jeffo
More User Reviews:
3.48/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This beer has fallen off. Had it last month with a good friend, it's nothing but Brandy now.
In fact we all preferred a 2012 Black Tuesday over this beer. It's got an awesome aroma if you like Brandy, I do, but the taste itself is just too damn harsh. Compared to when these were first release this beer is a pale ghost of it's former greatness.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 17:33:45 | More by jivex5k
4.81/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
PBW-2014, Resurrection Ale House (very small, understaffed to have Hunah on tap, got in line, begged for 15 min for a glass, got one!!! It kicked in about 20 min.)
Appearance-classic big stout, dark, some big tan head and lacing, some carbonation that dissipates.
Smell-very nice with all the oaky, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon & sweet from the brandy barrel. As it warmed it smelled like a cinnamon Danish fresh from a bakery. Mmmmm
Taste--another slight layer on top of classic Hunahpu (one of my all time faves). Base stout is wonderful, as it warms and changes you get more pronounced tastes from the brandy, the chocolate and the slight evening out bite of the chilies.
Mouthfeel--not too thick, but not thin--just right really. Coats the tongue before, during and hangs on after the sip.
Overall--better than original ?? A bit different nuance on the classic, one of the best in the world (to me) barrel-aged/flavored stout. Cigar City---you ARE the reigning champions.
Serving type: on-tap
06-05-2014 15:28:25 | More by SHerninko
Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - California Brandy Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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